Friday, October 31, 2014

Call Me



Blondie's music was everywhere in the early 80s and she's still a favorite to sing at karaoke. When MTV came out, she introduced us to a punk look and sound we'd never been exposed to before and I remember thinking she was so cool. She and Stevie Nicks could do no wrong.

It's Halloween and we didn't decorate this year (the kids aren't into it and I'm not a big fan of the holiday), but I have enough candy to last me through Valentine's Day. That's the spirit, right? Eat as much chocolate as you can handle and enjoy your weekend! xo

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

In Your Eyes



This Peter Gabriel song is beautiful and reminds me of the kind of guy who would say, "You make me want to be a better man." Are they still out there?? ;)

You know how some people say that a man in his late 30s or 40s or older who has never married is a commitment phob? Not true. Years ago I met a woman in her late 70s who had married a former Eastern Airlines pilot who was like the Warren Beatty of the friendly skies until he met his wife, and they were the most adorable couple. Whenever I'd call to speak with Dottie, her husband would say, "sure, let me find my better half" with so much gusto in his voice, it was heartwarming. He was in his 80s and they'd been married 40 years.

Dottie, who was teaching herself to play the organ at the time, was always cheerful. She told me to remember three things in life:

1) always keep your sense of humor;
2) don't take people too seriously; and
3) take an interest in and learn new things.

She focused a lot on number 3. I focus on #2. ;)

I reached out to her again a few years ago but dementia kept her from remembering me. It was a sad phone call, not just for me but for her husband who had to explain why she wasn't able to chat with me anymore. They were like the couple in The Notebook, only much cuter.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Michael and Friend



I wanted to try acrylics on a small canvas board and see how the painting would turn out. I prefer the control I have with a pencil, but I like the instant contrast I get with acrylics. I worked fast on this one giving myself a time limit of a couple of hours.

I find I can relax more with colored pencils. It's like meditation when I draw hair, so I try to sketch daily to clear my mind. I can also take my tools on the road with me, where I find myself waiting in the car a lot. I can't do this with acrylics.

A little sketch and two shots of espresso do a body good. It's true what they say about Cuban people...they drink coffee to relax. Well, at least that's true in my family.

Monday, October 20, 2014

You Are Not Alone



I wanted this sketch to be of a white-faced Michael Jackson to go with the title, which happens to be a 90s song, to be interpreted any way you see fit. It's not a finished drawing, more like an idea for a painting.

Btw, now that the ALF is closing I'm going back to college to add a few things to my résumé while keeping an eye open for work. It's odd but a lot of my friends and family members are also job hunting and not just here in Miami. I am not alone. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Every Time You Go Away



Here is my Sunday Sketch inspired by one of my favorite 80s songs. It reminds me of all the traveling my husband used to do in the hotel industry and how much I missed him whenever he left town. You know how young love is; you don't think you can last a whole weekend apart and surprisingly you still manage to breathe, eat and sleep...and all this without cell phones! How did we do it?? 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Purple Rain



Here's an interesting short story about Prince:

He says he was born "epileptic" and as a kid suffered from seizures, until one day. He went up to his mother and said, "Mom, I'm not going to be sick anymore." When she asked why he said, "An angel told me so."

I think that angel's been around him a long time.

PS - Linking this post to PPF because purple paint, no matter how little, is still color and it counts. :)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Uptown Girl



The song by Billy Joel reminds me of his relationship with Christie Brinkley, however, it was written for his ex-girlfriend, Elle Macpherson.

How he ended up with two supermodels back to back is one of the unsolved mysteries of the 80s.